I saved the best for the last entry. Here’s some news items from around the world.
AP……. By Istiaq Mahsud, Associated Press Writer – Sun Feb 8, 2:54 pm ET
Video appears to show hostage killing in Pakistan.
Era Ismail Khan, Pakistan – A graphic video delivered to The Associated Press on Sunday appeared to show the execution of a Polish engineer by Pakistani militants who had held him captive for more than four months.
Pakistan has seen a rash of kidnappings and attacks on foreigners in recent months, mostly blamed on al-Qaida and Taliban militants trying to destabilize the secular government and punish it for supporting the U.S.-led war in neighboring Afghanistan.
Yemen frees 170 Al-Qaeda suspects after they say ok to a ‘no terrorism pledge’… Seriously… Cross my heart and won’t step on a crack.
AP………. By Ahmed Al-Haj Associated Press Writer
SAN’A, Yemen February 8, 2009 3:12 pm
Yemen released 170 men it had arrested on suspicion of having ties to al-Qaida, security officials said Sunday, two weeks after the terror group announced that Yemen had become the base of its activities for the whole Arabian peninsula.
The men were freed Friday and Saturday after signing pledges not to engage in terrorism – a strategy the Yemeni government has often used with those suspected of fighting in militant causes abroad. Local tribal leaders are also expected to guarantee the good behavior of the released.
My snark cannot be held back here……… Ooooooh, I bet those formerly bad men are REALLY scared now and will simply get jobs at the local McDonalds or Home Depot.
By Alexandra Valencia Alexandra Valencia – Sat Feb 7, 6:12 pm ET
Ecuador orders U.S. official expelled.
QUITO (Reuters) – Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa ordered a U.S. Embassy official expelled on Saturday after accusing him of interfering in the country’s affairs, a move that will test ties with Washington.
Correa, a leftist, has generally kept good relations with the United States as his socialist allies in Bolivia and Venezuela often clash with Washington over what they say is U.S. “imperialism” in Latin America.
“Foreign minister, give this gentleman 48 hours to pack up his suitcases and get out of the country,” Correa said during his weekly media address. “We’re not going to let anyone treat us as if we were a colony here.”
Correa said U.S. official Armando Astorga had abruptly ended a financing agreement with local police after authorities rejected his attempts to handpick officers he wanted to manage the U.S. aid projects.
“Mr. Astorga, keep your dirty money. We don’t need it. We have dignity in this country,” Correa said. “Ecuador doesn’t need charity from anyone.”
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Correa has been tough on foreign companies by repeatedly threatening to expel them over contractual disagreements or legal disputes. Last year, he kicked out Brazilian building firm Odebrecht and sent troops to seize its projects in Ecuador.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, a standard-bearer for anti-U.S. sentiment, last year expelled the U.S. ambassador to Caracas and Bolivian President Evo Morales kicked out the U.S. envoy in September after accusing him of fanning civil unrest.
MediaCorp via Agencee France Presse
India says Pakistan’s spy agency behind Mumbai attacks
06 February 2009 1303 hrs GMT
NEW DELHI : India has for the first time directly accused Pakistan’s powerful military intelligence agency — the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) — of involvement in last year’s Mumbai attacks.
“The perpetrators planned, trained and launched their attacks from Pakistan, and the organisers were and remain clients and creations of the ISI,” Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon said in a speech in Paris on Thursday that was picked up by the Indian media.
By Tim Shipman in Washington
9:08PM GMT 07 Feb 2009
CIA warns Barack Obama that British terrorists are the biggest threat to the US
American spy chiefs have told the President that the CIA has launched a vast spying operation in the UK to prevent a repeat of the 9/11 attacks being launched from Britain.
They believe that a British-born Pakistani extremist entering the US under the visa waiver programme is the most likely source of another terrorist spectacular on American soil.
The British official said: “The Americans run their own assets in the Pakistani community; they get their own intelligence. There’s close cooperation with MI5 but they don’t tell us the names of all their sources.
“Around 40 per cent of CIA activity on homeland threats is now in the UK. This is quite unprecedented.”
Patrick Mercer, chairman of the House of Commons counter-terrorism sub-committee, said: “The special relationship is a huge benefit to us. It clearly works to our advantage and helps keep the people of the UK and the US safe.
“There is no doubt that a great deal of valuable intelligence vital to British national security is procured by American agents from British sources.”
Uncle Nukie, Abdul Qadeer Khan set free by Pakistan.
Hillary “very much concerned”. Obama too busy usurping U.S. Constitution to notice.
Pakistan nuclear scientist free.
Friday, February 6 2009 6:12 pm London
Pakistan nuclear scientist ‘free’
A court in Pakistan has freed disgraced nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan from house arrest.
Dr Khan welcomed the ruling and said he was not bothered what the international community thought of his release.
Wow. All that without my calling for a reverse jihad. Every day I’m getting better at this calm thing.
Kenneth L Solomon
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